"Hosanna to the Son of David; blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord; hosanna in the highest" (Matthew 21:9).
When the people of Jerusalem used the word "hosanna," they were using an ancient Hebrew shout of elation that meant "Pray, save us."
With these words the Church enters the holiest of weeks, remembering the passion, death, and resurrection of Christ.
Holy Week is the culmination of the liturgical year.
It begins with Palm Sunday, as we carry palms in remembrance of Christ's triumphant entry into Jerusalem. Next, we listen to the Passion according to Luke and witness how Christ was handed over for crucifixion.
Easter Triduum is the proper name for the three days that precedes Easter Sunday. It marks the most significant events of Holy Week.
On Holy Thursday we remember the night Jesus was handed over. It was the night that He established the sacrament of the Holy Eucharist - when He would live among us forever.
With Good Friday, we reflect and touch upon the mystery of Christ's cross. It was the piece of wood that would become the tree of life.
Easter Vigil is when we light the paschal candle and rejoice in how light had triumphed over darkness; life triumphs over death. This is the night that the catechumens for whom the Church has prayed throughout Lent come to share in the glory of His resurrection.
The holy days are an invitation to participate in Christ's life!
My family and I will heed this invitation by keeping life very simple and our hearts and minds as close to Our Savior as we can.
May you and your families each experience a very blessed and fruitful holy week!
~ Patty ~